'Every Time I Sweat, It Makes Me Think of My Grandparents, Sweating': NOLA Protesters Clash Over Confederate Monuments

NEW ORLEANS—Pastor Marie Ortiz told me she had a dream, the day before last, in which the Holy Spirit commanded her to go to Lee Circle. So she went, alone, and anointed the steps. Then she looked up at the 133-year statue of the Confederate General Robert E. Lee, bronze arms crossed over the center of New Orleans,…

David Duke Melts Down, Protesters Get Pepper Sprayed at Louisiana Senate Debate

In case you haven’t heard, former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke, after receiving a resurgence of mild attention during Donald Trump’s presidential race, is running for U.S. Senate in Louisiana. Last night’s debate was held at historically black New Orleans college Dillard University, where Duke railed against…

Who Owns Twerking, Who Owns the Bounce? New Orleans Originators Have a Roundtable

Angela “Cheeky Blakk” Woods released “Twerk Something” in 1994. It was the first song with the word “twerk” in the title and the second song to ever mention twerking at all (New Orleans’ DJ Jubilee’s “Do the Jubilee All” was the first in 1992). “You think about twerking, it came from Cheeky,” said bounce…

Self-Styled New Orleans Witch's Home Raided After They Bragged About Taking Bones from Graveyard

In December, Tumblr and then the larger Internet blew up over a Facebook post by a self-described New Orleans-based witch named Ender Darling, who was offering human bones for “curse work.” Darling freely revealed that they were getting the bones from a potter’s field cemetery. You really, truly can’t do that, and…

State Senator Troy Brown Charged with Domestic Abuse, Claims Short Term Memory Loss 

A Louisiana State Senator is being charged with domestic abuse battery against a woman who told police that she has been his “side friend” for a decade. In a statement, the senator acknowledged that an “altercation” took place, but said he did not recall the details due in part to brain damage from a 1991 car…